There are good ideas… there are plain, non-consequential ideas… then and then there are bad ideas. This doesn’t fall on that chart. This is off the charts. And I don’t mean that in a positive light. Sony has decided to dump the series that brought the superhero genre into the mainstream, and start from scratch. It’s not like Raimi failed at his job. He had the old gang getting back together for Spider-Man 4, and even John Malkovich was getting ready to join the cast. It seemed to be returning to the more simple formula of Spider-Man 2 (my favorite of the franchise). But here comes Sony, dashing those hopes with a single jesture, and causing tons of negative feedback all over the place.
Just look at the response to the story at comingsoon.net to see what I’m talking about. At the time of this writing, it was already 4 pages of Sony hate.